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… Arnaud de Borchgrave — A Memorial [#God Bless]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,February 21st,2015

.. Mr. de Borchgrave died on Sunday . He was 88 years old .

.. He was born in Belgium , but after his war service in the British Royal Navy , he became a longtime legendary journalist and war correspondent , interviewing many , many world figures , such as Churchill , de Gaulle , Meir , and Reagan ..

.. [h/t —]..
.. [link] to the obituary …

.. He was once a foreigner , but he became a fine American . By my estimation , he became one of the finest of Americans . His strengths were his dedication , his professionalism , his talent , and , most of all , his honesty and bluntness ..

.. May God Bless him and his family …

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… You Have to Be Kidding …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,April 5th,2014

.. someone who is found guilty of illegal possession of ammunition … for possessing an ” inactive ” muzzle – loading bullet ??

.. [h/t — LegalInsurrection]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. believe it or not , it did happen , and in our Nation ‘ s capital , where , it seems , gun laws do not make any sense …

.. so that you get the full picture , I am going to do something that I do not do very often , and bring over the entire blog post from LegalInsurrection . That way , you can get the tenor of the situation in context …

Yesterday, a D.C. Judge found Mark Witaschek guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” for possessing an antique replica muzzleloader bullet.

Emily Miller at the Washington Times has thoroughly chronicled Mr. Witaschek’s court proceedings, which to date have spanned nearly two years and now appear likely to continue into the appellate stage.

In brief, the case centered on a single inert piece of ammunition, which rested on Mr. Witascheck’s desk in the District, and which he did not know was illegal.

William F. Vanderpool, a retired supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, [explained] to the judge that the saboted lead balls have no powder or propellant attached, so are not “live…”

The primer on the shotgun shell had already been struck by the firing pin. Mr. Witaschek kept the misfired shell on his home office desk as a memento from a hunt.

Ultimately, Mr. Witaschek was sentenced to time served, a $50 fine, and is required to enroll with the Metropolitan Police Department’s firearm offenders’ registry within 48 hours.

Although the conviction sounds relatively benign, the guilty sentence carries its own set of personal and professional ramifications, which Mr. Witaschek will now have to work through. Moreover, this case represents a shocking display of favoritism carried out by D.C. area law enforcement.

As noted on Legal Insurrection before, NBC anchor, David Gregory, previously managed to avoid prosecution even after the anchor violated D.C. laws by procuring an empty 30-round magazine and displaying it on live television.

Unlike Mr. Witaschek’s unknowing violation of the law, the violation by Gregory and NBC was no accident. Indeed, as we’ve shown here before, an e-mail from an NBC News representative explicitly inquired into the legality of the use and possession of the empty magazine. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department told NBC that, “possession of high capacity magazines is a misdemeanor.”

Gregory OAG Email Dec 21 2012 NBC to MPD3

Roughly 36 hours following receipt of that unequivocal advisory e-mail from the MPD, Gregory brandished the magazine on NBC’s Sunday program, Meet The Press.

It was later determined by the Office of Attorney General, in no uncertain terms, that Gregory and NBC clearly violated D.C. laws by possessing the magazine. The MPD delivered a Warrant and supporting Affidavit to OAG, a document OAG has refused to provide to Legal Insurrection in response to our Freedom of Information Act request, and which we are now fighting in court (with the help of Judicial Watch) to obtain.

Notwithstanding this determination that Gregory and NBC News violated the law, the OAG opted not to prosecute Gregory or anyone at NBC because, among other things, “prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”

Purely coincidentally, Gregory’s wife attended a charity function with D.C Attorney General Irvin Nathan.

And so it goes in D.C.

Barely three weeks after the willful violation, the entire issue was thrown out. At least for Gregory and NBC, that is.

No such luck for the recreational hunting enthusiast, Mr. Witaschek, who endured nearly two years of vociferous prosecution from the Attorney General’s office for a substantially similar, though inadvertent, violation.


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… Nicely Done , Bikers to D.C. !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 11th,2013

… from the Washington Times

Thousands of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on  Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a  controversial Muslim rally on the Mall.

The 2 Million Bikers to DC ride might have fallen short of 2 million strong,  but the numbers were impressive. A line of shining

English: Harley Davidson Sportster, Washington DC

English: Harley Davidson Sportster, Washington DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

chrome and steel bikes  stretched about a third of a mile from the starting point at the Harley Davidson  of Washington store just outside the District in Prince George’s County.

The bikers began departing from the store at about 10:30 in staggered groups  of 50, stopped for traffic lights and taking an hour or so to get on the  road.

The ride was complicated by the fact that federal and local authorities  denied a permit that would have offered the riders a police escort through  traffic — a sore spot with organizers who thought the denial was for political  purposes.

“We’re here for 9-11,” said national ride coordinator Belinda Bee. “We are  going to have a peaceful ride. … But there are people who are sick and tired  of their rights and liberties being taken away.”

The National Park Service has denied any political motivation for refusing  the permit, which ride organizers sought last month. The Park Service earlier  this year granted a permit to a Muslim group planning a rally Wednesday to call  attention to social justice issues.

The American Muslim Political Action Committee has scheduled a rally to draw  attention to what they call unfair fear of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terrorist  attacks.

Ms. Bee said the ride was originally set up to counter the rally and show  respect for the victims of that day.

Dan O’Brien, 54, of Mansfield, Ohio, said he had been “looking for a ride  like this” to honor the Sept. 11 victims, but the rally also spurred him to  join.

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LEC here — the bikers did a nice job . Peaceful , reverent , and decent . Also , they nailed the Muslim extremists protesting on the National Mall right where they deserved to be hit …. in the court of Public Opinion ! Well Done !

.. especially the video link that is contained in the article . The interstate involved in this sequence is , I am willing to guess , is I – 295 , in suburban Maryland . The heavy forestation would place it just south of the District , before the Capital Beltway [I – 495] , near the new Woodrow Wilson bridge that crosses the Potomac River valley into Virginia . It is impressive , and has thousands of bikers heading into the District . For obvious reasons , the police has cleared the highway , so it is all bikers , and lots of them ………

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… the Impact of Janet Napolitano s Departure …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 14th,2013

.. Janet Napolitano is stepping down as Homeland Security secretary to take a plum job as president of the University of California. Her departure will have a large  impact on the immigration debate.

.. Napolitano became the bête noire of the right early in the administration. Certainly she bollixed up an early terrorist incident, the Christmas bomber, by proclaiming the “system worked.” She also raised the ire of conservatives by virtue of a footnote in a Homeland Security report. The Washington Times reported then:

.. A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of  Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

.. “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

.. Napolitano subsequently conceded the language was inappropriately broad and apologized to veterans (although not single-issue conservative groups).

Nevertheless, the image of a crusader out to get the right stuck.

.. The real fury however concerned her role in the Obama administration’s immigration policy, including the president’s unilateral action allowing children brought to the country by illegal immigrant parents to stay here. The legal case of Crane v Napolitano has challenged the finding , and a federal judge has made a ruling , but has not made an injunction , to find that the policy is inconsistent with the law . It means that , potentially , the policy is illegal , and will be overturned .

.. The inconsistent record of deportations also irked her critics, and her criticism of Arizona’s immigration law (later found to be unconstitutional in part) only made matters worse. Most recently, her department was immersed in a sexual harassment scandal.

.. In the ongoing immigration debate, conservatives have raised doubts that she and the president could be trusted to enforce border security measures. Her departure deprives immigration critics of a target. If her replacement commands respect from conservatives, immigration reform may be easier.

.. She has done a great deal of damage to the cause of homeland security . The department needs a steady hand at the helm . What they also need is a steady hand at the hel at the White House .

.. Any selection – interim or permanent – to replace Secretary Napolitano must disavow these aggressive non-enforcement directives or there is very little hope for successful immigration reform. Whoever replaces Secretary Napolitano must restore the rule of law, as well as the morale of ICE officers which has plummeted under her tenure.

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… It Makes You Wonder …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 22nd,2013

It makes you wonder …

.. what else is going on in the ObamaCrap Administration , especially when they are rooting around in a news network ‘ s records . E – mails . A correspondent ‘ s parent ‘ s home phone records . They were also fooling around with Foxnews records for telephoones at critical points , at the news bureau , the State Department , and the White House , itself .

.. They are trying to damage FoxNews . This is really obvious . This has to have a chilling effect on their news gathering efforts , epsc. when their sources are fearful of having their identities revealed .

.. Indirectly , they are going after the Washington Times (Jerry Seper , Rowan Scarborough) , the Washington Examiner (Byron York) , the Washington Free Beacon (Bill  Gertz) , and the American Spectator (R. Emmett Tyrell , Jeff Lord) . They are trying to slow them all down . They may not be able to stop them , but the current media ruckus will make sources think twice about opening up to the media .

.. Their own people . They are also trying to scare their own poeple , so that they will not go leaking dirty laundry to the conservative media . The Conservative Media and the Blogosphere seem to be the only ones pursuing the ObamaCraps .

… More than that , it makes you really wonder , what else is brewing up out there ?My gut tells me that something else is getting ready to pop . It may take a while , but it will be big , maybe even HUGE …

… even more so , according to NewsMax

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